Liverpool should set their sights higher than Sparta Prague forward Adam Hlozek this summer, according to Kevin Phillips.

The former Sunderland and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Reds instead move for Borussia Dortmund goal machine Erling Haaland.

This site revealed on Thursday that Liverpool are eyeing a move for Hlozek, 18, ahead of the summer transfer window.

The teenager has burst onto the scene at Sparta Prague and has contributed five goals and seven assists in 13 league appearances this season.

Football Insider understands it will cost potential suitors £15million to sign him.

Phillips suggested Jurgen Klopp’s side may be in need of a big name forward as one of their front three could leave as a result of the club’s involvement in the European Super League.

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When asked for his thoughts on Liverpool’s pursuit of Hlozek, Phillips told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs:

“They need to sign a replacement for Origi because he looks to be nailed on to leave at the end of the season.

“Will one of the front three look to move on given what has happened? It may have tarnished their perception of the club and perhaps they feel uncomfortable now. There could be a bit of movement at Liverpool in the summer.

“It is certainly an area that Klopp will be looking at. They need somebody who can share the burden of goals because there is a lot of pressure on Salah at the moment.

“If I’m a Liverpool supporter I would want a big name in, someone with a big reputation. Haaland is the one that stands out straight away. I know they would have to pay through the nose but he would be the one I would go for.” 

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